Chris Kozak focuses his practice in general civil litigation, with a particular interest in legal interpretation, insurance coverage, federal jurisdiction and procedure, federal civil rights actions, and federal appeals. He applies a critical and creative eye to all kinds of legal language in order to solve his clients’ problems. As a former Editor-in-Chief on the Michigan State Law Review and a former law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Chris has developed a keen ability to translate complicated “legalese” into ordinary English. He uses those skills to his clients’ advantage when disputes go to court, where providing a clear explanation in a complicated case can be the difference between winning and losing. Since arriving at PSRB, he has assisted clients with matters ranging from routine discovery issues to multi-million-dollar insurance disputes.
Chris is a summa cum laude graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law and comes to PSRB with experience in a broad range of legal subjects, including federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, e-discovery, administrative law, and evidence. He has also done extensive immigration work with the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic. As a member and Editor of the law review, he has reviewed hundreds of articles on current legal subjects and determined which ones would contribute best to the development of the law. And while clerking for Judge David McKeague on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, he advised the Judge on 25% of the appeals assigned to the chambers, requiring him to learn about virtually every kind of law that surfaces in federal court. This broad knowledge base allows Chris to think about client problems creatively and pursue innovative legal strategies.
When he has time, Chris enjoys doing pro bono work, and is particularly interested in civil rights issues and in assisting survivors of human trafficking.
- J.D., summa cum laude, 2017, Michigan State University College of Law
- B.A., summa cum laude, 2014, Legal Studies, Ball State University
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2019
- State of Indiana, 2019
- State of Michigan, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2018
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2018
- In re USA Gymnastics, No. 18-09108-RLM-11; Adv. No. 19-50012 (Bankr. S.D. Ind., Oct. 24, 2019), affirmed by USA Gymnastics v. ACE American Ins. Co. f/k/a CIGNA Ins. Co. et al., No. 1:18-cv-1306-RLY-MPB (S.D. Ind. Jan. 13, 2020)
2019 | Author
Article, Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Law Journal, Who Says I’m a Criminal? Marijuana Cultivation and the Criminal-Act Exclusion
2019 | Co-Author
Article, Law360, 7th Circ. Decision Creates Minefield for Insurance Industry